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Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Spreads Christmas Cheer

Monday, December 28, 2020

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This season the Attorney General Hon. Vincent Byron and staff decided to reach out to needy persons within the community in lieu of the annual staff gift exchange and luncheon
The staff alongside other employees at Government Headquarters utilized their personal resources to contribute to a mass donation of toys and groceries
The initiative was conceived in order to deliver a cheer package to the Department of Community and Social Development for distribution to as many families as possible
Permanent Secretary Ms. Diana Francis explained the rationale for the gesture as giving back to those who lost their jobs or now work for reduced pay
Mrs. Wigley stated that the donations are expected to bring good cheer to the recipients, in spite of the challenges faced from the economic fallout of the global pandemic.

Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Spreads Christmas Cheer

It has become a Christmas tradition every year for the staff of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs to engage in a group get together at which they exchange gifts and share in a social event such as a luncheon. This time around for the 2020 Yuletide season, the Attorney General Hon. Vincent Byron and staff decided to forego the annual camaraderie exercise and to reach out to needy persons within the community.

Utilizing their personal resources, they (along with other employees at Government Headquarters) were encouraged to contribute to a mass donation of toys and groceries. The initiative was conceived in order to deliver a cheer package to the Department of Community and Social Development for distribution to as many families as possible. It all culminated in a simple (yet important) handing over exercise just outside the offices of the Ministry of Legal Affairs on 24th December 2020.

Permanent Secretary Ms. Diana Francis explained the rationale for the gesture “We are civil servants [who] are being paid our salaries monthly and we thank the government for that, but we must also bear in mind that there are many people who have lost their jobs or working for reduced pay because they are working on reduced hours… We thought that we would contribute and help those who are in need at this time…”

She also made reference to the fact that in many cases the customary remittances from abroad that are received by some families had not materialized this year as a result of the effects of the global pandemic. This has left a void in relation to the ability of many persons to have access to the types of things (including gifts) that are customary at this time of year. P. S. Francis took the opportunity to encourage others to reach out to persons who may not be as fortunate as themselves by sharing in similar ways.
The Cheer Package was handed over to a team of officers from the Department of Community and Social Development led by Mrs. Ann Wigley. P. S. Francis was supported in the presentation by several staff members of the Chambers of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.

In responding to the presentation of gifts, Mrs. Wigley showered thanks on the Attorney General and his staff. “We are thanking the Attorney General and his staff for giving up of their party and other things. I think it’s a very good gesture. Thank you Attorney General and staff again; and I can assure you that we will do our best to give the persons who are really, really in need…[as we heard] there are many [others] who have given at this time. We’re thanking them too…”

Mrs. Wigley committed to ensure that individual packages of assorted grocery items and toys would be distributed to as many deserving persons as could be shared from the large collection of items. The timely donation is expected to bring good cheer and the experience of a bright Christmas for the recipients, in spite of the challenges currently being experienced from the economic fallout of the global pandemic.

It is the principal mission of the Office of the Attorney General to provide legal advice and services to and on behalf of The Crown, and to conduct and respond to all matters of litigation for and against The Crown or any Ministry or Agency of the Government.

Importantly, its mandate includes the extensive oversight of the legislative agenda of the Government.

The Office of the Attorney General also provides administrative support for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and superintends all matters relating to the Electoral Office.

Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs

The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs ensures that the rule of law is facilitated and supported by the various mechanisms by which citizens can have equal access to the justice system and by which they can be afforded the protection of the law. It also takes responsibility for ensuring that the statutes are updated and modernized to keep pace with an evolving society.

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Hon. Mr. Vincent Byron
Attorney General

Ms. Diana Francis
Permanent Secretary

(Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs)

The Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General is chiefly responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to the Executive Branch of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The functioning of the Office is rooted in the Constitution and is further detailed by the provisions of the Attorney General’s Act Cap 3.02 of the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

One of the more prolific manifestations of the advisory functions of the Office of the Attorney General is its contribution to the legislative agenda of the government. As such, the responsibility of preparation of all legislation: from conceptualization to the presentation of Bills and the crafting of Regulations falls within the purview of the office.

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Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

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